chapter  5
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The Traditional "European City" in the Global Age: Rebuilding Post-Wall Berlin

Berlin was envisioned to begin its second Grunderzeif.' It was to witness a surge in population - according to predictions an additional 1.4 million inhabitants were expected to be drawn to the city (HauBermann and Siebel 1991 49;

Lampugnani and Mbnninger 1991 13) - and an unparalleled economic growth in tandem with a building boom (Kratke 1999, 2001) It was also to be restored as Germany's capital with an urgent demand for new buildings to host the federal administration. Popular catchwords of the early 1990s described Berlin as the "center of Central Europe," the "gateway to the East," the "hub between East and West," and a "European metropolis." Moreover, Berlin was not only predicted to catch up with global cities of Europe such as London or Paris within the matter of a few years, it was to embody the model of the future metropolis.